Hometown Hero | Episode 1 | Cole Martin

TomM
By TomM December 19, 2017 21:15

Hometown Hero | Episode 1 | Cole Martin

Hometown Hero | Cole Martin | UW Badgers | University of Wisconsin 

by Abigail Ruckdashel

Welcome to the Wisconsin Wrestling Online’s newest series: Hometown Heroes. We want to celebrate our homegrown talent that has made it to the next level. In this weekly series, we will be sharing interviews with some of Wisconsin’s best high school wrestlers currently on the Wisconsin Badger Roster.

We are opening this series with Cole Martin. Martin was a three-time state champion from Lancaster High School. His Freshman year he was runner-up at the state tournament. He helped Lancaster to a team state title his sophomore season.

Last year, wrestling for the badgers at 141 lbs, he qualified for his first NCAA Championships. He placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships upsetting second-seeded Jimmy Gullibon from Penn State with a first period pin in the seventh-place bout. Last season he was ranked as high as 19th by WIN magazine at the end of the season. As of November 19, he has a 5-4 record, most notably pinning #19 Russell Rohlfing of CSU Bakersfield.

We caught up with Cole after the Badgers took down the Maryland Terrapins 32-6 in this season’s opening Big Ten match at the UW Fieldhouse. Here is what Cole had to say.

WWO: “Did you have dreams of being a Badger when you were in high school?”

CM: “Actually to be honest, I didn’t. I grew up a Hawkeye fan. Right up until I was going on future visits I was a hardcore Hawkeye. Pretty much all my family was too. When I came up and visited the campus here and everything, I just kind of fell in love with the campus and the city and that converted me pretty quickly to a Badger.”

WWO: “Being from Southwest Wisconsin where wrestling is kind of hardcore, I’m sure you have plenty of memories to choose from, but which is your favorite?”

CM: “I think one of my favorite memories is every year at state. Looking at all the Division 3 state champions and just having like seven to ten of those guys all from Southwest Wisconsin, and just knowing those guys and growing up wrestling with them. It was always super cool to see all of us having success.”

WWO: “So far as a Badger, do you have a favorite memory?”

CM: “I don’t think I have a specific favorite memory, but just all the road trips with all these guys. I can’t pick a favorite. It’s just all been fun. All the memories we make on the road, on the bus or plane, or during practice. It’s just been great. All of it.”

WWO: “This year’s recruiting class was 4/5 guys from Wisconsin as well. Do you think that Wisconsin wrestling is getting better?”

CM: “I definitely think Wisconsin wrestling is getting better in general. There’s a lot of good guys that come to [The Badgers] from Wisconsin, there’s plenty of Wisconsin guys committing elsewhere and having success. I think a lot of stuff that our coaches are doing is what is helping Wisconsin wrestling grow from the bottom levels up. I think it’s really starting to show.”

WWO: “If there was a little kid that has dreams of being a future Wisconsin Badger, what would you tell them to do?”

CM: “I’d just tell them to keep working hard, and have fun with it. Definitely have fun, but if you want it bad enough then you will have to be willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to get there. But, you gotta make sure you have fun along the way.”

The next time to catch Cole and the rest of the Badgers will be December 29th and 30th at the Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern. If you can’t make it coverage will be on FloWrestling and Big Ten to Go app. You can catch the Badgers again at the UW Field House on January 26, 2018 when they take on Indiana.

Be sure to tune in next week, when we hit up some more homegrown Wisconsin wrestling talent. You don’t want to miss it.

Photo Credits:
Cole Martin 9th Grade swnews4u.com

Cole Martin UW Badger uwbadgers.com

TomM
By TomM December 19, 2017 21:15

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